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Drug testing delayed for Mississippi welfare recipients

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:54
A new Mississippi law requiring drug testing for some welfare recipients will not take effect on July 1 as scheduled after state officials agreed to allow civil liberties groups to voice concerns at an upcoming public hearing. The implementation date will be determined after the July 22 hearing, according to a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The delay, announced on Thursday, was requested by the national and state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mississippi Center for Justice. "It is really murky," said Charles Irvin, legal director for the ACLU of Mississippi.

'Miscommunications' followed Newtown school shooting, parents say

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:51

Sandy Hook Elementary School in NewtownBy Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - Parents of some of the 20 first graders shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School told a gubernatorial commission on Friday there were “serious miscommunications” among local, state and federal authorities during the 2012 attack and in its aftermath. The massacre of 26 people at the Newtown, Connecticut school, where the lone gunman Adam Lanza, 20, killed himself as police approached, was one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. “It was chaotic, there was confusion and it was agonizing for parents not to know what was happening for long periods of time,” said David Wheeler, father of six-year-old Ben Wheeler, who was among the victims. He spoke by teleconference to the Sandy Hook School Advisory Commission, a 16-member panel of experts created by Governor Dannel Malloy to review current policy and make recommendations about school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.

AP IMPACT: NYC jails neglected suicide precautions

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:51

In this June 17, 2014 photo, John Giannotta, left, and his ex-wife Dorothy Keegan discuss the life of their son, Gregory Giannotta, at her home in the Rockaway Park section in the Queens borough of New York. Gregory Giannotta committed suicide in October 2012 while jailed on burglary charges. Investigative documents obtained by The Associated Press on the 11 suicides in New York City jails over the past five years show that in at least nine cases, protocols and safeguards designed to prevent inmates from harming themselves were not followed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — In one case, a mentally ill New York City inmate hanged himself from a shower pipe on his third try in three days. During that stretch, orders to put him on 24-hour watch were apparently ignored, along with a screening form that said he was "thinking about killing himself."

Crash involving motorcycle shuts down Martin Luther King Drive

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:49

Crash involving motorcycle shuts down Martin Luther King DriveAn accident involving a car and a motorcycle has shutdown traffic on Martin Luther King Drive in Fairmount Park.

Former TV reporter sentenced for child sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:49
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A former New York City television reporter has been sentenced to 26 years in prison after being found guilty on charges, including the sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl at his home in New Jersey.

Prosecutors drop all charges against Al-Arian

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:44

FILE - This Jan. 16, 2009 file photo shows former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian outside federal court in Alexandria, Va. Prosecutors said Friday, June 27, 2014 that they are moving to drop criminal contempt charges against Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian activist whose case has sat in limbo for five years. Al-Arian has been a target of the Justice Department for more than a decade. He was initially charged with playing a leadership role in the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Since 2008, prosecutors in Virginia have pursued contempt charges for his refusal to testify to a grand jury. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Friday dropped all charges against a Palestinian activist whose criminal contempt case had sat in limbo for five years in front of a skeptical judge.

Hawaii sentences ex-soldier to life for killing daughter: report

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:42
(Reuters) - A former U.S. Army soldier convicted of killing his daughter was spared the death penalty on Friday, sentenced to life in prison by a Honolulu jury in Hawaii's first such capital case since it became a state in 1959, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper reported.   Because the crime occurred at defendant Naeem Williams' home on a military base, federal law allowed prosecutors to pursue a capital case even though Hawaii abolished the death penalty before it was granted statehood. Williams faced the death penalty for each of two counts of first-degree murder — one for killing his daughter Talia Williams on July 16, 2005, through child abuse, and the other for her death after months of assault and torture. Hawaii television station Hawaii News Now reported that Williams’ defense attorney Michael Burt told the jury in closing arguments, "This is an incident that happened in the context of discipline.” But Department of Justice attorney Steven Mellin called it the culmination of an escalation of intentional violence.

Sponsorship of gay pride parades on the rise

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:40

In this June 8, 2014, photo, workers carry an eBay banner during the gay pride parade, in Salt Lake City. Corporations have increased visibility this summer at gay pride parades around the country as same-sex marriage bans fall in the courts and polls show greater public acceptance of gay marriage. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In between muscular men in speedos gyrating to thumping dance music and drag queens decked out in formal gowns, Salt Lake City's gay pride parade also featured a few, more conventional participants: Some of America's most well-known companies.

Ex-Miss Delaware allowed to keep scholarship

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:39
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The woman who was named the Miss Delaware has lost her crown because she is older than the Miss America organization allows.

Shot fired during fight at University of Miami

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:37
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Police say a suspect is in custody after an attempted shooting at the University of Miami.

GOP cries foul as ObamaCare whistleblower claims retaliation

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:34
A POLITICAL STORM erupts in Washington state after whistleblower Patricia Petersen, a hearings officer in the state's insurance commissioner office, claims she was retaliated against because she raised concerns about ObamaCare's implementation. VIDEO: ObamaCare whistleblower under investigation

'The View' prepares for change with new hosts

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:31
Sherri Shepherd is leaving "The View" after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she's right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters' retirement from on-camera duties.

‘The Leftovers’ fascinates, depresses and confuses

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:31
HBO almost hits it out of the park again with its latest drama, “The Leftovers,” premiering Sunday, June 29, and based on a Tom Perrotta novel. But the scattershot pacing and unhelpful flashbacks might make it vanish from your Sunday night DVR queue.

At 2014's halfway point: ten good movies

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:31
How'd the year come to be half over already? Nonetheless, here we are, and it seems like a good time to do a half-yearly list -- of ten of my favorites of the year thus far. All of these are movies that I suspect will be forgotten by awards season (though maybe "The Grand Budapest Hotel" might resur

Mayor: Jail suicides amid lapses 'very troubling'

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:30
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor says "it's very troubling" that at least nine jail inmates committed suicide after safeguards designed to protect them weren't followed.

As Panama Canal Expands, West Coast Ports Scramble to Keep Big Cargo Vessels

New York Times Headlines - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:29
Tacoma, Wash., Seattle and other West Coast ports are spending billions on upgrades to keep themselves competitive in the overall fight for foreign trade.

Caesars says will close Showboat casino on Aug. 31

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:29

This Oct. 26, 2011 photo shows the Showboat Casino Hotel and its House of Blues nightclub in Atlantic City, N.J. A union official said on June 26, 2014 that a top executive of Showboat's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, revealed plans to issue notices to the casinos employees the next day warning that the Showboat could be shut down in 60 days. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casino contraction hit Atlantic City for the second time this year, as the parent company of the Showboat Casino Hotel announced Friday it will close the Mardi Gras-themed casino on Aug. 31.

Montana judge facing censure tied to rape case calls penalty unprecedented

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:28
A Montana judge facing suspension by the state's top court for implying a 14-year-old girl was partly to blame for her rape by a teacher and imposing an unlawfully lenient sentence in the case contends his punishment was unprecedented and suggests it be retracted. State District Judge G. Todd Baugh is due to be censured by the Montana Supreme Court next month and faces a 31-day suspension after a judicial standards commission found he acted improperly by imposing a sentence of just 30 days against a former teacher convicted of raping his teenage student. The Montana Judicial Standards Commission also found that Baugh undermined public confidence in judges by remarking last year that the victim, who killed herself before the case could be prosecuted, had been "as much in control of the situation" as her rapist. Baugh said in documents filed this week with the Montana Supreme Court that he will submit to penalties it deems appropriate.

CEO Q&A: Cumulus says Rdio stake a bet on future

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:24

In this March 20, 2014 photo, Lew Dickey Jr., CEO of Cumulus Media, the second largest radio station owner in the country, is interviewed by The Associated Press in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cumulus Media Inc. CEO Lew Dickey Jr. straddles two worlds: traditional broadcast radio, where his company is the second-largest station owner in the U.S., and Internet radio, where it's just getting started.

Montana judge: Suspension over remarks unwarranted

Yahoo! National News - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:18
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge who faces suspension for saying a 14-year-old girl appeared "older than her chronological age" during her rapist's sentencing said he believes the penalty is unwarranted and proposed the Montana Supreme Court withdraw it.